CRMS offers the most comprehensive high school blacksmithing education program in the U.S. Students learn the blacksmith’s craft in an atmosphere rich in history and in programs that focus on developing the foundational skills of blacksmithing. Opportunities to learn about blacksmithing and ironworking are supported in the Academic, Work Crew, and Interim programs.
This blacksmithing academic curriculum serves as a comprehensive introduction to the blacksmithing process and technique. It is designed to provide students with the skills to explore the potential of forged iron as an expressive medium. Students work on a variety of exercises and projects that teach the fundamentals of the craft, including design and table drafting. Students also examine the historical context, materials, geography, technology, and social aspects of iron and forge.
The Service Crew and Interim programs combine service and educational components. Students work on collaborative projects that provide a variety of functional and decorative ironwork for the CRMS campus. Recent projects include: a chandelier (with glass blown in the CRMS Glass program) for the recently constructed North dorm, wrought-iron railings, coat racks, bike racks, and candle holders used for formal dinners.
Students who are committed to advancing their blacksmithing skills have the opportunity to enroll in any of the Academic, Service Crew, and Interim programs either concurrently or consecutively, including an optional second-year academic course (Blacksmithing II).
This unique offering holds a special place in the history of the school. CRMS is proud to continue the tradition of teaching this craft, while also offering students the opportunity to apply math and science principles to their metalwork.